MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Watch Dawes perform on David Letterman, Grateful Dead’s last concerts will be on pay-per-view, & Bonnaroo reveals schedule.

“Dawes is pretty much all you need in a rock ‘n’ roll band.”

The words of David Letterman in regards to one of his favorite bands, Dawes who performed on The Late Show with David Letterman last night. Watch Dawes (who will perform at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru) sing “Things Happen” from their forthcoming 4th album, “All your Favorite Bands,” due out in June. Continue reading →


Paste Magazine chooses its Best 15 Cover Songs of 2012; Alabama Shakes’ World Cafe performance of Led Zep’s “How Many More Times” makes the list

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Paste Magazine has revealed its 15 Best Cover Songs of 2012. Some of the highlights include Nada Surf’s cover of New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle,” Frank Ocean’s “Lovecrimes” by The Afghan Whigs, and “The Weight” by Wilco, Mavis Staples and Nick Lowe. Coming in at #4 is Alabama Shakes’ cover of Led Zeppelin’s “How Many More Times.” Listen to it below. Go here to listen to the entire session and interview the band did with World Cafe host David Dye when they were at WXPN in March, 2012.


Watch Alabama Shakes record a new song for the filmed-in-Philly movie Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook, a new comedy/drama movie filmed in Philadelphia starring Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Chris Tucker and Jennifer Lawrence, opens in select theaters around the country, including Philadelphia, on November 16th. Cooper stars as Pat Solitano, who after losing his job, his house and his wife (plus a stint in a mental institution), moves back in with his parents, who are obsessed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Locals will recognize Ridley Park, Upper Darby, the Llanerch Diner and Archbishop Prendergast High School in the film. The film debuted at the Philadelphia Film Festival last month.

Alabama Shakes recorded a new song for the film called “Always Alright,” and you can watch a making-of video for the song below along with the trailer to the movie, featuring music from The Head and The Heart. The soundtrack features the new song from the Alabama Shakes, along with songs by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash (“Girl From The North Country”), Alt-J (“Buffalo”), “Hey Big Brother” by Rare Earth, “My Cherie Amour” by Stevie Wonder, and music by the Dave Brubeck Quartet and Les Paul and Mary Ford.

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